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Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a newly qualified or existing Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join the Secure Outreach and Transitions Team (SOTT). This role will support people with a learning disability and/or Autism to develop the necessary skills to return into the community, as part of our inpatient forensic rehabilitation services (Oakwood and Langley).
  • Oakwood is a forensic rehabilitation unit. It is situated in a residential area of Middlesbrough and caters for up to 8 adult males who have a learning disability and/or autism. The residents are all detained under the Mental Health Act and have usually been referred from Secure Inpatient Services. They will be supported to develop life skills with the intention of living a meaningful and fulfilling life in the community.
  • Langley ward is an inpatient forensic rehabilitation ward located in Lanchester Road Hospital, in Durham. We support patients to take responsibility for managing their own risks in the least restrictive environment and to work towards living more independently in the community upon discharge, with the appropriate level of support.

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist who can work flexibly to meet service need and has the vision, energy and inspiration to develop creative, imaginative solutions to delivering occupational therapy with people who have a learning disability and/or autism in an inpatient rehabilitation setting.

Main duties of the job

As an occupational therapist in TEWV you will be professionally and clinically accountable for own caseload, assessing occupational performance and delivering occupational interventions, demonstrating adherence to the Trust values at all times and operating as a member of the team, service and organisation.

You will access wider support from the occupational therapy network in Health and Justice Service in TEWV, to develop a way of delivering a high quality, needs-led OT service, utilising core occupational therapy skills to ensure all the people we work with have a robust occupational therapy assessment and intervention plan in place.
  • To be responsible for receiving requests for occupational therapy, completing evidence-based assessments and interventions to address key occupational areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.
  • To use client-centred approaches to co-producing negotiated occupational goals and evaluate these with service users collaboratively.
  • To participate in clinical/professional and management supervision
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary team working
  • To contribute to service improvement and quality initiatives
  • To use the Trust electronic patient record system
  • To abide by all Trust policies and procedures
  • To be able to respond flexibly and creatively to challenges

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for details of role and responsibilities.

Additional contact details :-

Charlotte French

Occupational Therapy Lead, Health and Justice Services

Email address

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Willingness to undertake the Preceptorship Programme and Competency Framework (within an agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (APPLE)



  • Experience of working in a variety of occupational therapy practice areas whilst on student placements


  • Experience of working with service users with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience presenting to groups



  • Professional Code of Conduct and its application to practice
  • Health and Safety legislation and its application in practice
  • Legal aspects of Moving and Handling
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Care Programme Approach
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Understanding of the needs and difficulties of service users with mental health conditions or learning disabilities.

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Roseberry Park

Marton Road



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